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The Wednesday Club’s Comics Picks: Great Hera!

The Wednesday Club’s Comics Picks: Great Hera!

This week’s episode of The Wednesday Club was wonderful—make that Wonder-full. That’s right, that terrible pun means hosts Amy Dallen, Taliesin Jaffe, and Matt Key talked Wonder Woman this week in a lead-up to the film’s release.

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“Wonder Woman is a warrior for peace,” said Amy. “She fights against the concept of war in a lot of incarnations. This sheltered girl who lives a nice life with her family on an island realizes that darkness is taking over the world outside, and someone should go try to help.”

Unlike the other big books from DC Comics, Wonder Woman’s comic series never went out of publication, and her most recent stories have been making an impression on fans both old and new. “I’ve never seen so much good stuff coming out that gives you real options about Wonder Woman,” Amy said.

Here are more than a few picks for recommended reading from the happy hosts of The Wednesday Club.

Sensation Comics #1

Wonder Woman starred in Sensation Comics #1, written by William Moulton Marston with art by Harry G. Peter. “The more you learn about this guy, the more interesting he gets,” said Amy of Marston.

Although Wonder Woman’s origins have been re-written time and time again since her debut in the 1940s, the premise remains the same.

“The basic Wonder Woman origin,” explained Amy, “is that sometime in ancient Greece, the Amazons, which are real figures from mythology and/or history… live immortal on their own island. A stranger crashes on their land. It is the first man to set foot on Paradise Island in approximately 3000 years, and his name is Steve Trevor.”

Diana volunteers to return Steve Trevor to where he belongs, and Wonder Woman makes her debut in the outside world.

(DC Comics, William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter)

The Wonder Woman Chronicles: Volume 2

This collection gathers some of Diana’s early adventures in one big book, including her time fighting in World War II. “She literally fights war,” said Matt, referencing her battle against Mars, the god of war.

“If you want to dip into the old stuff, this was a series of chronological re-printings of those stories,” said Amy. If you can’t find this particular book because it’s going out of print, look for Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus instead.

(DC Comics, William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter)

Wonder Woman: Year One

This modern re-telling of Wonder Woman’s origin by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott is Amy’s recommendation for getting started with the princess of Themyscira.

“It puts her origin in the modern day,” said Amy. “It’s frigging gorgeous. Nicola Scott is one of my favorite artists and I’ve never seen her do work better than this.”

“The line work is so clean,” agreed Taliesin.

(DC Comics, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott)

Wonder Woman by Jill Thompson

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

This standalone graphic novel is another re-telling of Wonder Woman’s origin by Jill Thompson. “That’s a great book, too,” said Matt.

“First of all, it’s beautiful,” he continued. “The bulk of the story is that she is doted on by every woman of the island… and she is raised to be basically a spoiled brat.” She starts taking down the monsters on the island to prove her strength, and makes a selfish decision and must deal with the consequences.

Jill Thompson’s gorgeous take on the Amazon princess is nominated for an Eisner this year.

(DC Comics, Jill Thompson)

Who Is Wonder Woman?

This recent series from the mid-2000s and begins with Diana removed from the world of superheroes. “This is sort of a mission statement for Wonder Woman about who she is and what she stands for, by the guy who is one of credited writers on the Wonder Woman movie,” said Amy.

(DC Comics, Allen Heinberg and Terry Dodson)

Wonder Woman by George Perez

Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus Vol. 1

Writer and artist George Pérez took the reins of Wonder Woman in the 1980s in what many consider to be the character’s best run. “In the George Pérez version of this, it’s ancient Amazon times. They’re created to be an example to folks and inspire more devotion to the gods,” said Amy. “So they create the warrior women known as Amazons.”

Heracles is corrupted by Ares, who turns him against the Amazons, and he fights Hippolyta for her girdle as described in Greek mythology’s tasks of Heracles. And that’s just the beginning of the story. Pérez’s run would go on to last five years; get started with this first omnibus collection.

(DC Comics, Len Wein, Greg Potter, George Pérez, and Various Artists)

Wonder Woman: Earth One

Taliesin’s recommendation is another standalone re-telling of Diana’s origin, this time by Grant Morrison in a modern setting.

“It was an attempt… [to] grasp on to a lot of the problematic stuff that existed in the original Wonder Woman that has been completely ignored and erased,” he said. “And a lot of it is the sexuality of the book, a lot of it is the theories of dominance and submission, and submission as victory, which is an interesting thing that was poked upon in the original.”

(DC Comics, Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette)

The hosts also mentioned other titles like The Hiketeia, a remarkable standalone graphic novel that’s a little tough to track down, The Legend of Wonder Woman, an all-ages book, and The Brave and The Bold #33, a team-up tale. Comixology is also offering a great sale on Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 Years that you should grab before it’s gone.

Hang out on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel every Wednesday afternoon to catch the next amazing episode of The Wednesday Club.

What’s your favorite Wonder Woman story? Tell us in the comments.

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